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Donning and Doffing PPE: A Little Clue

Do your employees find it difficult to remember the order in which they should put on and take off PPE?

The CDC recommended order for donning items is not the same as for doffing PPE used for protection from blood-borne pathogens or in isolation precautions settings.

donning and doffing PPE

Use the following mnemonic tip:

Don PPE from the bottom up:

  1. Gown
  2. Mask
  3. Goggles
  4. Gloves (when raised above the head)


Doff PPE in alphabetical order:

doff PPE in alphabetical order
  1. Gloves
  2. Goggles
  3. Gown
  4. Mask


Staff members may respond positively to having a graphic/mnemonic reminder at each PPE dispensing station.